► The Polk County Board of Commissioners approved Hezedean A. Smith as the new Polk County Fire Rescue chief. (Pictured above)
► Watson welcomed two additions to its team of medical providers—a registered nurse practitioner, D’Aishia Burgess, who works alongside board-certified pulmonology specialist physician Naem Shahrour from Watson Clinic Main, at 1600 Lakeland Hills Blvd., in Lakeland.
► A Lakeland manufacturing business is planning a $36 million expansion as it asks for a $400,000 grant through the city’s Economic Development Infrastructure Incentive Program.
► Blackton, a supplier of wholesale materials to the home building industry, was awarded a contract to provide flooring for 123 new single-family homes KB Home plans to build, at Hickory Ranch, in Auburndale.
► Keymark Corp. of Florida, a Lakeland manufacturing company, is planning a $36 million expansion in which it wants to add new equipment to its existing facility, at Knights Station and George Wheeler roads, and also add a new 76,326-square-foot building, at 3155 Drane Field Road, to accommodate an additional line of equipment.